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In the past three years, Gustl has been bred to several females. His offspring inherited his strong bone structure, his red-brown pigment, and his play-drive.

In shows, he was always rated "V". In the spring of 2000, he won the title "Landessieger von Nordrhein-Westfalen."

In the fall of 2000, we presented "Grizzly's" progeny group at the "Bundessiegerschau". This was the biggest yearly show put on by the LSVD.


His group consisted of six young dogs, two females and four males,
stemming from three different litters.


All of them were bred true, having inherited their father's strong bone structure; prominent secondary sex characteristics (in the males); good pigmentation; correct top-line as well as good angulation front and rear; and a very strong rear drive and good front reach.

The judges awarded Grizzly's group first place. They won the title "best

progeny group of 2000."


1 progeny group (click from left to right)
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Gustl von der Köhlertanne
Gina vom Haus Barrett
Dragon vom Haus Barrett
Gerry vom Haus Barrett
Grizzly vom Haus Barrett
Gundi vom Haus Barrett
Fellow vom Haus Barrett

Our kennel also won first place in this show (click from left to right)

Cindy vom Haus Barrett
Gina vom Haus barrett
Dragon vom Haus Barrett
Gerry vom Haus Barrett
Gundi vom Haus Barrett
Begere vom Haus Barrett
Fellow vom Haus Barrett

We not only presented our dogs in shows these last few years, but also
won Schutzhund titles

Zaskia von ArminiusSchH1
Ondie vom Jägerstand SchH1
Cindy vom Haus Barrett SchH1
Quinta vom Mainbogen SchH3, IPO3
Gina vom Haus Barrett, SchH3
Indra vom Haus Barrett SchH1
Nora vom Haus Barrett Sch3
Queeny vom Haus Barrett, SchH 1
Hera vom Haus Barrett SchH1
Savage vom Georg Vicktor Turm, SchH3
Gustl von der Köhlertanne SchH3
Tabaluga vom Steckenborn SchH3
Tyson vom Haus Barrett, SchH 3


In the past, we attended many shows organized by the LSVD and by the ASVD. This second club, also for "long hairs," was founded in 1989. It and the LSGS ("Long Hair" Club of Switzerland) united in the beginning of 2003.
In these shows, we got to know club members who were very helpful to newcomers. Because we felt welcome, and because we admired the expertise of the judges regarding the breed and bloodlines, we decided to breed for the ASVD from then on. The "Haus Barrett" kennel signed with the club in September of 2003.


Here are a few thoughts for anyone planning to own a "long-hair" German shepherd:

With many years of schutzhund tests and five years of breeding behind us, we can say, that the Long Haired Shepherd is an excellent family dog. His beauty is very defined, but we should never forget, that he is a working-dog. People must take the time to train him. By doing this, they will have a partner for lifetime. Now people who breed this dog should never breed him only for his looks. They should breed excellent working and family dogs. This is the reason, why we are breeding with a Club with very strict breeding regulations. Several tests have to be passed, before a dog can be taken in front of a breeding committee. It usually requires training a dog in obedience, trial and of course "schutzhund". This takes about at least twice a week training. Sometimes many kilometres have to be driven before a good trainer is found for "schutzhund". People who want to make a quick "buck" will not take the time to do this. All these strict regulations will keep such people away and this will be always in the breeds interest.

If you are looking for a good breeder, make sure, that his dogs have titles, but what is more important, that these parents of your future puppy were trained and had accomplished tests (BH, AD, VPG 1, VPG 2, VPG 3). It takes two years to accomplish these tests with a dog. If a German Shepherd breeder cannot show this, you should be careful and consider to have a look at other With many years of Schutzhund tests and five years of careful breeding behind us, we are certain that the long-haired shepherd is an excellent family dog. Although his beauty is very defined, we should not forget that he is, first and foremost, a working dog. People must take the time to train him properly. Their reward will be a wonderful partner for the rest of the dog's life. People who own this dog should never breed him just for his looks. They should breed him for his qualities as a working and family dog. That's why we have joined a breeding club with very strict regulations. In this club, several tests must be passed before a dog may be taken in front of a breeding committee. These tests include obedience, trial, and of course Schutzhund work, requiring a minimum of two training sessions per week. Sometimes we have to drive many kilometers to find a good handler for Schutzhund training. People who want to make a quick "buck" won't take the time nor give the needed dedication. Strict regulations will keep such people out of good clubs, and this will always be in the breed's best interest. If you are looking for a good breeder, make sure his dogs have titles.
But more important is that the parents of your future puppy must be well-trained and have passed these tests: BH, AD, SchH 1. It takes two years to accomplish BH, AD and SchH 1 tests and even longer to accomplish SchH 2 and SchH 3 title with a dog. If a German shepherd breeder cannot show the successful completion of these tests, you should be wary and consider having a look at other kennels



Copyright by Dagmar Anderson 2001